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Taking Up Space: How Eating Well and Exercising Regularly Changed My Life Paperback – September 15, 2005
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The Sumo warrior, she suggests, is a perfect symbol for fat people in the so-called "war on obesity" because Sumos are front-line warriors who traditionally used their girth to open up space for others to win their battles. If the world can accept fat people as they are, then all people would be acceptable and diversity would be celebrated.
Her sociological memoir, Taking Up Space, is about being fat and the physical, emotional and economic costs of trying to pass for thin in a culture and society that wages war on fat people.
It is also about finding one's strength as a fat person both physically and emotionally. Thomas wrote this memoir because "being fat" is a central fact in her life from the point of view of others. Thomas would rather be remembered as a writer, poet, artist, photographer, filmmaker, sociologist, traveler and entrepreneur.
By confronting those who would sum up her life by her size, she has found the time and creativity to develop all those passions. She hopes that she has demonstrated how a sociologically examined life can lead to personal growth.
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Top Customer Reviews
Taking Up Space will be one of the most valued & appreciated volumes in my personal library & it will be re-read many times. I applaud Dr. Thomas's honesty & I admire her courage. It is my sincere hope that many people will read this important book & that many minds & eyes will be opened & that the understanding between fat people & the thin world will be deepened. We all need to do whatever we can to explode these harmful myths, to end fat hatred & to call a ceasefire in this pointless & very destructive war on the bodies, souls, & psyches of the majority of our citizens.
We all deserve regard and respect. Dr. Thomas states her case clearly and well. I'm grateful to her for writing this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent sociological analysis of our relationship to fatness, meddled with personal experiences and some poetry.Published 12 months ago by minie375
A must-read for every person who has ever been skinny, fat, or anything in between.
I, personally, fight the "battle of the bulge" daily. Read more